Growing a love for gardening in our kids is as easy as 1,2,3!
Besides being a great family activity, gardening teaches our kids so many important life lessons… a love for nature and the outdoors, a sense of stewardship over the earth we’ve been entrusted with, and the importance of seasons, cycles, and consistent care.
These are just some of the hidden gems that will bloom in your kid’s heart and mind as their little finger grow greener.
To get your kids interested in gardening, here are three easy first steps:
1. CREATE SOME ROOM TO GROW
If you can, give children their own patch of garden to grow and tend to. This doesn’t have to be big. If you don’t have a garden, you could also start with a large container or a few pots.
Let them decide what they want to plant in this space (with a little guidance from you, of course). Kids like to grow plants they recognize—and ones that grow quickly too. Some popular choices include carrots, snow peas, pumpkins, squash, potatoes, lettuce, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and sunflowers.
2. ADD GARDENING TO THEIR LIFE LESSON CURRICULUM
There are so many life lessons waiting to be dug up in our gardens. Don’t let them stay buried! Include your kids in regular tasks like weeding, watering, and taking items to the compost pile. You could even make it a game… have a weed-pulling contest to see who can pull the most weeds out in a given time, or whose plants grow the quickest and don’t die of thirst or over-watering!
3. CONNECT GARDENING BACK TO THE KITCHEN
Growing fruits, herbs, and veggies are also a great way to get that fussy eater trying out some fresh, home-grown alternatives. Surprisingly, kids are willing to try so many adventurous foods if they’ve had a hand in growing them themselves!
Don’t just stop there though… try to connect and celebrate gardening and farming with everything that arrives on your family’s plates. Whilst eating a bowl of cornflakes, discuss the journey it took to get the corn grown, picked, processed, and packaged. Whilst enjoying some shop-bought fruit, you could chat to your kids about why in-season and local produce is better than imported, out-of-season ones.
Together, you could look at what fruits and veggies are in season right now, and try to plan your meals accordingly – celebrating local harvests and organic markets where you can.
And don’t just throw out the pips and seeds from your fruits and veggies – rather place them in a tray by the window and let them dry out before either planting them with your kids or tossing them onto public verges and open spaces where vegetation is often sorely needed.
For some more great, green mumspiration:
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Store-bought veggies you can regrow:
Mums, do you garden with your kids?
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